Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:12 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

This was long overdue. Microsoft needs fresh blood at the top - not a salesman, but a visionary.

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Is it too late?
by ioconnor on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:41 UTC
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Member since:
2013-02-02

There is practically nothing being made at M$ one would want to buy. What would you do if you were to take over?

1) Immediately come out with windows 9. It would be very similar to Windows 7 but there would only be one version and it would not have all the difficulties of moving it to another computer as you upgraded hardware.
2) Produce a new phone line made in America and a new version of windows 8 called "Mirrors 1".
3) Rework the pricing and usability of office. Needs to work off the net and on the net. Needs to be a fixed price unless using the monthly upgrade which should be less than $10 a month. (Or $40 a year.)
4) ...

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v RE: Is it too late?
by Wafflez on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 14:14 in reply to "Is it too late?"
RE[2]: Is it too late?
by l3v1 on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 15:06 in reply to "RE: Is it too late?"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, no offense, but if Exchange is the only thing keeping your company from going bankrupt, then I think we'll all be better off with it gone.

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RE[2]: Is it too late?
by jgagnon on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 15:53 in reply to "RE: Is it too late?"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

Exchange is not the only game in town... lots of companies running without it just fine (even using Outlook on the desktop). If, however, you've built your company around the specifics of Exchange then you have a different set of problems.

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RE[2]: Is it too late?
by Kivada on Sat 24th Aug 2013 01:35 in reply to "RE: Is it too late?"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

He said that you would WANT to buy, not what you are forced to buy due to legacy.

If you didn't have to buy Microsoft products would you still choose to do so?

Edited 2013-08-24 01:36 UTC

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RE: Is it too late?
by SlackerD on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 18:31 in reply to "Is it too late?"
SlackerD Member since:
2012-01-16

Ohhh, so clever man. M$! I've never heard that one before... Also, have you ever run an actual business? If not, you don't know what you are talking about.

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RE: Is it too late?
by metalf8801 on Sat 24th Aug 2013 03:50 in reply to "Is it too late?"
metalf8801 Member since:
2010-03-22

I like the "made in America" idea for the new phone line I think that would be the only way anyone could get me to buy a phone made by Microsoft

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RE: Is it too late?
by Luke McCarthy on Sat 24th Aug 2013 10:46 in reply to "Is it too late?"
Luke McCarthy Member since:
2005-07-06

Port the Windows userland to the Linux kernel.

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RE[2]: Is it too late?
by The123king on Sat 24th Aug 2013 12:05 in reply to "RE: Is it too late?"
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

Or, of course, reimplement it and give is a recursive acronym like WINE Is Not an Emulator or something...

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RE: Is it too late?
by Darkmage on Mon 26th Aug 2013 20:41 in reply to "Is it too late?"
Darkmage Member since:
2006-10-20

I would merge windows 7/8 into a single product. I'd have the installer make you choose at install-time whether to turn metro on or off. That would finally unify their tablet and Desktop OSes. Microsoft are morons for trying to shove metro down desktop users. I'd leave the current product lineup as-is and explore some new research avenues for new products.

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